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First Lady design debut set

The design of the pure gold 2007 First Spouse coins will be displayed publicly for the first time at a presentation and reception Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m.

The event will be held at the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio. The event will be hosted by U.S. Mint Director Edmund C. Moy, National First Ladies Library Founder Mary Regula, and Dolley Madison re-enactor Lucinda Frailly.

Digital images of all of the 2007 First Spouse designs will be available on the Mint Web site, www.usmint.gov, on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.

The First Spouse coins mark the first time the Mint has struck a consecutive series of coins featuring women, who are not allegorical figures such as Liberty.

Four half-ounce gold First Spouse coins will be minted annually in the order the spouses served in the White House. The collectible coins will coincide with the release of the four circulating Presidential $1 coins that will be issued annually.

The 2007 First Spouse coins are scheduled to be released in May 2007 around Mother?s Day.

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